A polling agent of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Nagra village of the Sunam assembly segment has alleged that some Akali supporters beat him up on Wednesday when he stopped them from casting bogus votes.
The victim, identified as Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Nagra village, who now lives in Sangur, has been admitted to the civil hospital here after his right arm was fractured.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Sukhdev Singh, who runs a chemist shop, said: "After 5 pm, when I came out from polling booth no. 188 at Nagra village, four people came in a car and started beating me without any reason. Out of four attackers, three are resident of the same village and they had attacked me as I had stopped supporters of Nagra village sarpanch, Tarsem Singh from casting bogus votes," he alleged.
He said:"When I was going to cast my vote along with my wife, the village sarpanch asked me and my wife to vote for the SAD candidate, but my wife refused it , which irked him. After that, I went to the polling booth.
A around 3 pm, a youth came to cast the vote of Balkar Singh, son of Sukhdev Singh, but the photograph in the voter list was not matching and I objected to it," he said, adding that: "After half an hour, another youth came to cast a bogus vote of Ravinder Pal, son of Jagtar Singh. Again, I objected to it, which irked SAD supporters. The sarpanch's cousin Jagga Singh threatened me of dire consequences."
He said that he had raised this issue with policemen deputed at the polling booth, but nobody took his complaint seriously.
"When I left the booth they beat me up. Then I informed my party colleagues who took me to the hospital."
When contacted, Sunam (sadar) police station in-charge said the complaint had been filed against two persons and the police had recorded his statement. Action would be taken after the medical report, he added.